It was pretty straightforward; Novoselic simply said “I like this band – Bleeding Rainbow” and linked to their Waking Dream 7″ on Bandcamp. But as anybody who has listened to music in the last 20 years knows, that’s a badass endorsement to have. Bleeding Rainbow manager Dryw Scully Instagrammed the tweet, saying “I never repost. But holy shit @rainbowbleeding that dude played bass in a band called Nirvana..” True that.
Bleeding Rainbow’s full-length Yeah Right is out on January 29 on Kanine Records, by the way, and it rules hard. Check out the video for “Drift Away” below.
At their show last night in Brussels, Belgium, indie pop band Best Coast covered Nirvana’s “About a Girl.” Currently on tour in support of their sophomore album The Only Place, the band announced that beginning in January it will join Green Day on tour. The two bands will appear at the Liacouras Center at Temple on January 22nd. More ticket information for that show can be found here. Below, watch Best Coast perform “About a Girl.”
Ever the spontaneous music maker, Ben Runyan of City Rain last night dropped a cover of Nirvana’s “Dumb,” a kinda-silly kinda-sad tune that closed out side A of In Utero. (Guess the Kurt Cobain shirt he wore to play a solo City Rain set at PhilaMOCA on Thursday night foreshadowed this a bit.) The original was built mostly around acoustic guitar and cello, so Runyan’s electronic pop treatment is a dramatic shift, but he maintains the vibe of the original, waiting till the halfway mark to kick the beat in and keeping the melancholy melody in the forefront. In the end, it sounds like an alt-rock nugget that was custom written for City Rain. Give a listen and download it below.
Twenty years ago on September 24th, 1991, Nirvana released their seminal Nevermind. On October 1, 1991 they played at J.C. Dobbs. I was fortunate to be at the show. The song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was about to become a massive hit (thanks in part to the video the band made for it – see below) and you could feel the amazing energy in Dobbs that night as the band played. I remember thinking at the time that all of us were experiencing one of those rare “this is going to be really huge and potentially important kind of bands.” Turns out, we were right. You can download a bootleg of the show here via the Freedom Has No Bounds music blog. Below, watch Nirvana (as a four piece) from a show they performed at J.C. Dobbs in July, 1989.
The wayback machine was in full effect last week when we got word that once legendary South Street rock club JC Dobbs was re-opening as The Legendary Dobbs. The office here was all abuzz with memories of seeing first time shows by bands like Nirvana, Soul Asylum, the Indigo Girls, Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine and Green Day. There were those of us who stood in long lines and didn’t get in to see Beck right before “Loser” went mega, and there were some of us who made it in to see Bo Diddley in June of 1987. Of course we all saw local heroes like George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Tommy Conwell and Robert Hazard like umpteen hundred times back in the day. The new Legendary Dobbs is slated to open to the public on December 18th. And if you really were in the audience for the two shows below, you’ll remember how incredible it was seeing this bands in that club.